Daws Butler's Corner

The Nicest, Kindest Man of All.........

February 4, 2001

(Though rarely credited Daws Butler did most of the starring voices on the Fractured Fairy Tales and Aesop and Son. He also did most of the villains on George of the Jungle and his friends. Last but not least he voiced a couple colorful characters on commercials that Jay Ward produced: Cap'n Crunch for Quaker Oats and Professor Goody, who always battled Aunt Jemima's incorrigible Waffle Whiffer!!

Daws Butler

Of the four major voice-over stars, from Jay Ward cartoons, whom I wrote to, Daws Butler was, NO CONTEST, the nicest and kindest, of all!! Daws was the only one, of those four, who wrote to me more than once. He actually wrote four times (at least). I have only two of his four letters today.

Not only that, he was also the only one, whom I talked to, over the phone. Late in the fall semester of my freshman year of college (late 1978), just on a lark, I called Directory Assistance, in Beverly Hills and asked for a listing for Daws Butler. Never in a million years would I ever dream that there would be a listing for him, but there was!!

I am sure that he was the only one, of the four, whose number was listed. This tells you that he was not only a nice man, but a giving man as well.......that he did not mind making himself available to the rest of the world. You may be thinking, 'Well why shouldn't he have a listed number? Who really knew who Daws Butler was, since he was never seen on-camera........'

Well........Daws Butler had been so very good for such a long time that he did have a following, of his own, by this time. He was also a mentor to a number of today's voice artists like Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson's voice). I had heard that Daws not only gave individual attention to interested fans (like Nancy and me), but he also eventually began teaching formal classes in his craft.

So you see, though you would think that Daws would be pretty much unknown, there were enough people who knew who he was.......or were trying to find him, that he was not totally an ordinary citizen.........And he was just so incredibly unselfish to so many young people.........

After he died, I sent a condolence card to his wife. She wrote back to me and told me that the young people, whom Daws had mentored, were his pride and joy!........and he was especially proud of those of us who had "made it" in his field!

So the bottom line is, it was actually extraordinary that he did list his phone number. The conversation that he and I had, that fall, was really quite short. I did not really want to take up much of his time, since I was calling completely out of the blue; I intended to keep it short. He did remember me (by that time it had been a while since I had last written). We talked about one of his letters to me. Daws had told me that he would critique both voice work or creative writing, if I wished to send such things to him (Daws was not only a voice artist, but a writer as well).

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